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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Optimal unsharp mask for image sharpening and noise removal
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Paper Abstract

We consider the problem of restoring a noisy blurred image using an adaptive unsharp mask filter. Starting with a set of very high quality images, we use models for both the blur and the noise to generate a set of degraded images. With these image pairs, we optimally train the strength parameter of the unsharp mask to smooth flat areas of the image and to sharpen areas with detail. We characterize the blur and the noise for a specific hybrid analog/digital imaging system in which the original image is captured on film with a low-cost analog camera. A silver-halide print is made from this negative; and this is scanned to obtain a digital image. Our experimental results for this imaging system demonstrate the superiority of our optimal unsharp mask compared to a conventional unsharp mask with fixed strength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2005
PDF: 13 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 14(2) 023005 doi: 10.1117/1.1924510
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 14, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Sang Ho Kim, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Jan P. Allebach, Purdue Univ. (United States)


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